PRADAN - Professional Assistance for Development Action

Works with rural communities with an aim to develop their skills to reduce poverty and provide livelihood opportunities

  • Started: 1983
  • New Delhi, Delhi


PRADAN(Professional Assistance for Development Action) works to help vulnerable communities in the poorest regions of India, with a special focus on w Read moreomen to help harness skills and earn a decent living. Further, assistance is provided to understand and access government programs and other entitlements. Additionally, Pradan works in partnership with other civil society organisations and the government to influence development policies. Its primary focus is to help marginalised communities build a livelihood with direct hands-on engagement and experience aiming to inculcate an overall change in the social, psychological and economic condition of the communities. Its strategy includes social mobilisation, food security, managing natural resources, building models of alternative livelihoods, market linkages and governance.


Poor rural communities lack social networks, are fighting hunger, facing reduced livelihood opportunities, have minimal exposure to good markets and governance and do not have awareness of the importance of managing their natural resources.


Pradan empowers rural communities to collectively act for the larger good through organising skilling to help people earn an income. It motivates professionals to come forward and play a positive role in working alongside poor villagers. It partners with Government agencies and social organisations to create policies and laws that impact the community in a positive way and encourages development.


  • Livelihoods
  • Gender
  • Governance
  • Health
  • Energy & Environment
  • Education
  • Water
  • Minority
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Animal & Wildlife
  • Agriculture


The organisation has: Reached 4.7 million individuals across 8963 villages in 7 states of India out of which 66% belonged to scheduled castes and tribes, mobilised more than INR 2,230 million for the MGNREGS scheme and helped create 77,152 women's self-help groups.


  • Mapping the journey and impact of the PRADAN Alumni -A Tracer Study

    It is an attempt of the organisation to find out the extent that alumni from PRADAN has impacted organisations and the social sector across the country.

    The programme which included this study tries to find out which sectors got benefitted the most from the PRADAN way of working.

  • TASAR Hand Book

    A handbook compiled specifically for poor farmers involved in the TASAR silk agriculture.

    The book guides the reader through the various aspects of Tasar sericulture for poor farmers, including the livelihood viewpoint of Tasar sericulture, along with minute details of initiating and managing the activity in a sustainable manner.

  • Livelihood Opportunities in Broiler Farming

    The result of a research is another hand book which focuses on important aspects of small poultry farming business.

    The hand book talks about processes such as training of producers, intensive production support and market to help ensure production efficiencies comparable to industry standards.

  • NREGA Beyond Wages to sustainable livelihoods

    Its report on the The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) describes various provisions of the act creating awareness on its legalities, executing agencies and the responsibilities of State Governments and Panchayat institutions in implementing it.

  • A document on the Siali leaf-plate making activity

    This document talks about PRADAN’s initiative to create the Kandhamal Women's Leaf-plate Cooperative Limited.

    It describes how the organisation went about giving shape to a self-help group of women, provided training and technology to increase quality and facilitating market linkages improving turnover by 100% for the poor rural women involved in the making of leaf plates out of the leaves of the Siali plant.

Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID
    S/13434 of 1983
  • VO ID / Darpan ID
  • 12A


  • 80G


  • FCRA



Project Location


#3, Community Shopping Centre, Niti Bagh

Offices in Cities


Projects in States

West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

Other Details

  • Type & Sub Type


  • Employees